Stress Relief

Stress Relief Through Breath Meditation

by Kris Cassidy

Founder of Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation

If you are like most people you experience some kind of stress on a daily basis. For some the level of daily stress can be debilitating. The American Institute of Stress says that stress is America’s number one health problem. It’s been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. And it has been medically proven that stress has a direct impact on the immune system.

So, how can you manage the stress in your life? World-renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish says that deep breathing is the best form of stress management known to man.

As the founder of Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation, one of the questions I get asked the most is “How does Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation help with managing stress and stress related ailments such as depression, anxiety and chronic pain?  

Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation is a simple and powerful way to use breathing to activate your own healing energy and life force, and to release stress on a cellular level. It supports physical, emotional and mental healing, as you simultaneously connect more to spirit. And by oxygenating your blood through breathwork you can enjoy greater vitality and the health benefits of increased detoxification.

I believe Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation is a most powerful tool for stress management. In just one 90-minute session of Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation you can experience a deep calm, and a feeling of inner peace and wellbeing. Many clients have told me that after just one session they felt the most relaxed they’d ever felt in their life. 

Don’t let stress ruin your life, your health and your relationships. Find the peace and relief that you deserve and need now. To learn more about Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation, to find out about upcoming Breathworkshops in your area, or to bring a Breathworkshop to your area, visit breakthroughbreathwork.com.

And take a nice deep breath.

Understanding Blame

I’d like to visit the action of blame. After many years of my own personal journey to know myself, I’ve just recently seen the depth of where and how I have blamed something or someone outside of myself in order to take away my pain, anger, resentment, upset, frustration.

Somehow the lights just went on, showing me how the behavior of blame never is the solution to the problem.

Here’s a quote from Wayne Dyer that I think nails it!

“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him/her, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him/her, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.” 

How Breathwork Can Help

Through conscious connecting the breath, the focus of attention is guided into the body. As the breath unfolds we meet all the “folds” that are in our way. You could say that the “folds” are the blockages in the body-mind.   

Focusing on our breathing helps us not to identify with what we are feeling and/or thinking, so that we don’t have to drown in our feelings. We become able to breathe continuously whatever we think or feel and thus centre ourselves in “the here and now”.

We begin to notice that we are not our feelings and that there is something in us that’s “bigger” than all of our drama. We are enabled to observe what’s happening from an aware ego position and to feel enough safety, in which we can integrate our past hurts and pains. We stop feeling like victims.   

There is a deep sense of peace the moment we can let go of our judgements. Deep inside us we know -in a nearly indescribable way- that we made a connection with our own true being. This is the process we call ecstasy when consciousness frees itself from limiting thoughts, judgements and convictions and we are no longer identified with them. We are able to “stand by” and perceive. Our bodies don’t lie. We can feel the truth. The blocked energy starts to flow freely again physically and mentally. New possibilities of choice occur. This process may happen very quietly or with a great sense of euphoria.

When energy is prevented from flowing, consciousness disappears. Where energy flows, consciousness steps in.

Tilke Platteel-Deur, Breathwork Practitioner

Breathwork during a massage session

During my 2 hour massage today I set myself up to do a breathwork session for at least the first hour of the massage. I have done this before, where I let the massage therapist know that I’m going to be focused on my breathing so they can support me.

I’ve done a breathwork session a few other times during massage and love what happens. While keeping my focus on my breath, connecting breathing, I find that the therapist can go deeper into my body as I breath through what might feel uncomfortable-and as I am focused on my breathing I find that my body also naturally relaxes and opens up more to allow a deeper massage to happen.

For me, doing breathwork while getting a massage allows energy to move more easily through my body and especially when the therapist hits a spot that is tense or blocked or where I am holding on to something in my body. When I breath through the uncomfortableness of the pressure and let go of any resistance there seems to be a release of energy. Not only physically, but I experienced a few moments of letting go in the release by crying.

Breathwork, whether during a massage or just a regular session is such a wonderful way to open up, to let go of tension, to release emotions and allow our natural healing energy to work with us for deep emotional and physical healing along with connecting more deeply to our true nature.

Watchdogs of the Lake

In May of 2017, Kris and I set out on a 4 month trip in our Northstar truck camper up to Alaska. I did quite a bit of writing on that trip, and this particular piece comes to my mind often when I think about our trip. I wrote it the very first night, the beginning of our 4-month trip.

Have you ever thought about or maybe even heard the barking watchdogs of geese on a lake?   Last night we arrived at a breathtaking camping spot at Saratogo Lake, Wyoming.   It’s located about 30 miles south of Sinclair, tucked way back in the sprawling open fields and located on a serene lake. We camped right on the lake, where the shore is highlighted by flowing grasses and reeds, leading into the vast blue water of the lake teeming with various species of birds.  This area was developed in 1992 as a sanctuary for birds and wildlife.   The magnificent music of the birds singing all evening and again in the morning and afternoon was a delight.  I’d say for me that one very soothing and enjoyable thing I’ve loved my whole life is to hear birds.   I’ve memories of birds in the trees in the area where I grew up, but over the years the open land was developed into housing tracts along with DDT and the birds and butterflies disappeared.  It’s nice to find places where birds are abundant and grace us with their symphonies. 

Why did I ask if you had ever heard the watchdogs of the lake?  Because last evening, as we strolled the lakeshore we spotted two geese also basking in the grasses along the lake.  When they saw and heard us coming close, they started honking, flew into the water and for at least 10 minutes they continued to honk, (which sounds like barking) until we were far away from them.   Had me think that these geese were on alert, like the dogs in our neighborhood who bark and protect their area when the see or smell something foreign.  So I labeled these geese as “the watchdogs of the lake”.  

Peace is Fundamental

Peace if Fundamental

You can have love without peace

You can have clarity without peace

You can have compassion without peace

You can have wisdom without peace

But, instrinsic to peace is love, clarity, compassion and wisdom.

These qualities of our true Nature can arise naturally from peace itself. 

And then they are pure, untainted.

Peace is fundamental to all of them. 

Written by Kris